Memphis Readies for C-USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships
Go Tigers! Action Begins at the C-USA Outdoor Championships on Thursday.
Go Tigers!
Action Begins at the C-USA Outdoor Championships on Thursday.
Go Tigers!

Memphis Track and Field Notebook 5/8/13

C-USA Track and Field Notebook

C-USA Outdoor Championships Meet Central

C-USA Outdoor Championships Schedule

C-USA Outdoor Championships Live Results

HOUSTON, Texas-University of Memphis track and field squads will travel to Rice University for the 2013 Conference USA Outdoor Championships set for May 9-12. The trip to the Lone Star State marks the final time the Tigers will compete at the C-USA outdoor season finale.

"We've just got to step up on that track and do what we can do," head track and field coach Kevin Robinson said. "As long as we perform to the best of our abilities, we're going to be extremely competitive. My first outdoor championship as a head coach was a Rice and my last outdoor championship will be at Rice. It's a fitting way to close things out. Our men won it that first year, so hopefully we can reproduce that feat again."

While the Tigers are fighting for championships, the meet will also serve as a final opportunity for athletes to secure spots in the NCAA East Preliminary set for May 23-25. Currently a combined 17 athletes (men and women) sit in qualifying position on the NCAA East Preliminary qualifying list.

"We are certainly going to have a presence at the NCAA East," Robinson said. "There's still another week of qualifying and someone could get bumped out, but the way I look at it gives us an opportunity to bump a few others out and put ourselves in better positions. "

Competition at the C-USA Outdoor Championships begins Thursday with the start of the decathlon and heptathlon at 4 p.m. (CT). Results from all four days of competition will be posted on as they are made available.

Tigers in the USTFCCCA South Region Rankings 5/7/13
The Memphis men's and women's teams held strong in this week's United State Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association South Region Team Index. The men are once again ranked No. 9, with the women holding steady at No. 12.

Four men and seven women make an appearance in the South Region Event Index top-eight. For the men, Brandon Williams ranks sixth in the 400m hurdles. Georgio Lynwood is tied for fifth in the high jump at 2.15m (7'0.5").

Kyle Bynum ranks eighth in the javelin with a mark of 64.17m (210'6"). In multi-event competition, Hanssler ranks third in the decathlon with his program-record 7,365 points.

On the women's side, Kala Funderburk ranks second in the 400m with her program-record time of 52.92. Maya Williamson holds down the No. 6 spot in the 400m hurdles with her program-record 58.45. In the 4 x 400m relay, Funderburk, Williamson, Monica Mason and Keyona Neal rank third with their program-best of 3:35.54.

In field events, Clara Amat Fernandez ranks No. 6 in the pole vault with school-record of 3.95m (12'11.5"), while fellow vaulter Sabrina Hochreuther is tied for seventh at 3.90m (12'9.5"). Vivian Brandhoff checks in at the No. 8 spot in the shot put with her personal-best of 14.89m (48'10.25").

Looking Ahead to the NCAA East
The NCAA Outdoor Track and Field postseason begins in two weeks with preliminary round action. Last year Memphis tied a program record sending 14 athletes to the NCAA East Preliminary. To qualify for the NCAA East Preliminary athletes must rank in the top-48 of their event. This season the Tigers could break that record with 17 athletes (nine men and eight women) currently in qualifying positions on the NCAA East Preliminary Qualifying Lists:

Memphis Men in the NCAA East Top-48
Brandon Williams- 400m Hurdles (52.61), No. 35
Georgio Lynwood- High Jump (2.15m), tied at No. 18
Austin Crenshaw- Pole Vault (5.05m), tied at No. 36
Pauls Pujats- Pole Vault (5.05m, tied at No. 28
Luis Hanssler- Long Jump (7.49m), tied at No. 24/Decathlon (7,365 points), No. 7
Manuel Zeigler- Triple Jump (15.49m), No. 17
Andrew Miller- Hammer Throw (58.71m), No. 44
Yannik Schaly- Shot Put (17.23m), No. 43
Kyle Bynum- Javelin (64.17m), No. 39

Memphis Women in the NCAA East Top-48
Kala Funderburk- 200m (23.79), No. 42/400m (52.92), No. 8
Keyona Neal-400m (54.46), tied for No. 47
Maya Williamson- 400m Hurdles (58.45), No. 13
Keyona Neal, Monica Mason, Maya Wiliamson and Kala Funderburk- 4 x400m Relay (3:35.54),No. 15
Xenia Rahn- High Jump (1.75m), tied at No. 46
Sabrina Hochreuther- Pole Vault (3.90m), tied at No. 38
Clara Amat Fernandez- Pole Vault (3.95m), tied at No.31
Vivian Brandhoff- Shot Put (14.89m), No. 42

Last Time Out
The Tigers wrapped-up the outdoor regular season schedule at the Red Wolves Open hosted by Arkansas State University on April 26-27. The short trip across the Mississippi River resulted in a new program record, three wins and several podium finishes.

Clara Amat Fernandez took second and set a new program-record in the women's pole vault clearing 3.95m (12'11.50"). Amat Fernandez broke Sabrina Hochreuther's record of 3.90m (12'9.5") set earlier this season at the Auburn Tiger Classic. Hochreuther and Carolina Carmichael tied for fourth as they both cleared 3.50m (11'5.75").

In the men's pole vault, Pauls Pujats took first clearing a new personal-best of 5.10m (16'8.5"). Fellow vaulter Nate Arnold took fifth at a height of 4.55m (14'11").

Kala Funderburk and Keyona Neal finished first and second in the women's 400m. Funderburk got the win in a time of 53.40 with Neal taking the second spot at 54.46.

In the 800m, Austin Carter took first for the men in a time of 1:54.22 with Godfrey Fayne taking second at 1:55.19 and Keanan Joyner placing sixth at 1:59.10. For the women, Monica Mason took second in a time of 2:17.71.

In the women's high jump, Kirsten Berding and Laura Toldy tied for first at a height of 1.68m (5'6"). Quaniqua Jones took fifth at 1.47m (4'9.75"). In the triple jump, Manuel Ziegler took first for the men at 15.23m (49'11.75") with Jaleen White taking third at 14.21m (46'7.5"). Wright took third for the women leaping 11.35m (37'3").

Up Next for the Tigers
The NCAA outdoor track and field postseason begins on May 23 with preliminary round competition. Qualifying Tigers will compete at the NCAA East Preliminary in Greensboro, N.C.

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